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Michele Petry

  • Real Estate
  • Housing Market
  • Homebuying
  • First-Time Homebuying
  • Home Affordability
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Syracuse University


Michele Petry is a senior editor for Bankrate, leading the site’s real estate content since January 2022. Before joining Bankrate she was a writer and editor for StreetEasy, Zillow’s New York City real estate site. Before that, she amassed 20 years of experience on staff at national magazines, honing her skills editing home-based content at House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Veranda (among other titles). Michele earned her journalism degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Manhattan.

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Michele wants you to know

Buying your first home is scary, stressful and thrilling all at once. I couldn’t believe a bank was willing to lend a young, clueless me what seemed at the time like SO. MUCH. MONEY. The fact that it was a New York City co-op apartment, with all the esoteric rules and nerve-racking interviews that includes, made it even more surreal. I know firsthand how important it is to have a knowledgeable real estate agent to guide you through the journey — mine specialized in my neighborhood, knew the building I was buying in specifically, and saved me from making a million naive missteps. I’m happy to use my experience and skills to help others achieve the dream of homeownership.

Michele's recommended readings

Hire a real estate attorney for any home sale or purchase, even if your state doesn’t require you to. The contracts are complex, and the stakes are high — it’s worth the extra cost to make sure everything is legally buttoned-down.

— Michele Petry

Michele's latest articles

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    Best places to live methodology

    What’s the best place to live? That depends on you, of course. Bankrate crunched the numbers in multiple categories, including affordability, job markets and well-being, to determine the best places [...]

    3 min read Dec 02, 2022
  • Industrial truck loader excavator moving earth and unloading into a dumper truck

    What is a borrow pit?

    This construction term refers to a literal hole dug to provide fill material, such as gravel or soil, for building projects.

    2 min read Nov 18, 2022
  • Young mother and father walking with baby daughter in stroller on neighborhood sidewalk

    Definition of steering in real estate

    This form of housing discrimination involves an agent guiding a client toward a particular area based on legally protected characteristics.

    2 min read Nov 14, 2022